Colorado State Ranked Among the Best Universities in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report

Colorado State University has once again ranked among the nation’s top universities in U.S. News and World Report’s 2007 "America’s Best Colleges" edition.

U.S. News and World Report listed Colorado State in the top tier of public and private doctoral universities, along with institutions such as Florida State University, Ohio State University and Iowa State University. For a complete list of rankings and methodologies, visit the Web at

"This ranking acknowledges that Colorado State competes among the finest research institutions in the country," said Larry Edward Penley, Colorado State president. "Our faculty and students look beyond the borders of Fort Collins to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, whether that’s eradicating infectious diseases from the planet, researching innovative treatments for cancers or building more sustainable, environmentally friendly engines."

As part of the U.S. News report, Colorado State University also ranked as the nation’s 52nd top public university.

Colorado State’s College of Engineering undergraduate program was ranked among the nation’s best as well at 71st. The College of Business undergraduate program ranked 83rd.

Other Colorado universities also ranked in the top tier include the University of Colorado-Boulder and University of Denver.

The magazine rankings follow a significant year for research support and recognition at Colorado State. Following are highlights.

–     CloudSat, the world’s most sensitive cloud-profiling radar developed by NASA in collaboration with Colorado State University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Canadian Space Agency and Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., was launched into orbit and joined NASA’s array of earth science observation satellites 438 miles above Earth.

–     Edward M. Warner, renowned geologist, philanthropist and distinguished alumnus, donated a total of $30 million to position the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State as a global leader in research and education. Warner’s gift is the largest in the history of Colorado State and is believed to be the largest private gift given to name any U.S. public college of natural resources.

–     Colorado State broke ground on a $22 million laboratory at the university’s Foothills Research Campus. The level-three security regional biocontainment laboratory is a 33,850-square-foot facility that will expand the university’s ability to conduct research to prevent, diagnose and cure infectious diseases that impact the health of people around the world as well as to find ways to prevent and counter acts of bioterrorism.

–     The National Science Foundation awarded Colorado State University and its partners a $19 million Science and Technology Center to build climate models that will more accurately depict cloud processes and improve climate and weather forecasting for scientists around the world.

–     Professor Barry Beaty and his team at Colorado State received part of a $50.7 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop a new generation of environmentally sensitive pesticides and other measures to control the mosquito vectors of dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever – diseases that have emerged as major public health problems in tropical America – and malaria, a disease spread by mosquitoes that kills a child in Africa every 30 seconds.

–     A study led by Colorado State University researcher Ken Olson shows that mosquitoes can be genetically engineered to be weapons against infectious diseases.

–     Colorado State University researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have developed a way to deliver intravenous radiation drugs to bone cancer patients without causing damage to other healthy cells and vital organs, drastically reducing illness and other common side effects of toxic radiation treatments.

–     The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State is ranked second in the nation in the U.S. World and News Report’s most recent ranking of this category. It was the only veterinary medical program in the Western states to be ranked among the top 10.

–     Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine ranked Colorado State University in the top 100 in the nation for quality education and affordability in their annual 100 Best Values in Public Colleges rankings.

–     In addition to today’s ranking among that nation’s top universities, Colorado State’s College of Business is one of the best in the nation, according to The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services. The College of Business is the second "best administrated" business college in the nation, according to student surveys.